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1968 William Atkin Thistle

Gold River Marine, Nova Scotia


Beautiful Double Ended Gaff rigged Cutter built on Oak frames with Mahogany planking and fibreglass overlay. Glowing woodwork throughout the topside decks and the interior. New electrical wiring with LED lighting. 

Price reduced!! Was $19,500 now $12K.

Located only minutes away from our office book your appointment today. 

Basic Boat Info

Price: C$12,000
Boat Name: Nordlys
Make: William Atkin
Model: Thistle
Year: 1968
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Wood
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 32 ft
Length Overall: 32'1 ft
Waterline Length: 27'6 ft
Max Draft: 5 ft
Displacement: 20,000 lb
Ballast: 5,500 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Lister
  • Drive Type: Jet
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 20hp
  • Type: Inboard


Drive Type: Jet
Boat Class: Other, Antique and Classics


Noreene McGuire
Ocean Yacht Sales Limited


Ocean Yacht Sales Limited
Ocean Yacht Sales Limited 115 Joseph Zatzman Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CA, B3B 1N3
Tel:(902) 455-5565

Design & Construction

Oak framing, 1' 1/8" Mahogany planking plus 1/4" plywood with epoxy glass. Fibreglass is 1/8" thick on the top sides and increases to 3/4" think fibreglass around the encapsulated lead keel. Epoxy barrier coat above and below the waterline. Bottom is painted with Micron multiseason antifouling. There are no thru-hulls below the waterline. 


Enter into the cabin through the companionway in the cockpit. Immediately to port is the galley. The galley includes Dickenson Pacific diesel stove with oven, 110V counter top burner, built in propane one burner stove and manual water. Opposite the galley on the starboard side is the Nav station with VHF, Stereo, and GPS which are detailed under Electronics. Moving forward is a straight settee with storage above and a centerline table. On the port side is a settee that folds out to make a double berth. Forward in the main cabin with pulman bunk to starboard and head to port. The head includes a Jabsco marine toilet and holding tank which are both new. Recently replaced lights throughout the interior, 12V lights, red night vision lights, and LED backup lights. Also a kerosene cabin lamp at the galley. Cabin is well vented for stove exhaust as well as air intake into the cabin with a cabin fan. 

Deck Gear

Starting from the bow moving aft. There is a recessed anchor locker in the bow which drain via hose to the bilge pump. One 35lbs Plough anchor and one 45lbs Kedge anchor with 60 feet of 3/8" galvanised chain and 180 feet of 5/8" nylon 3-strand rope. Manual anchor winch. Beautifully stained wooden deck hatch on the bow. Stainless steel chiney on the port side for furnace ventilation. Two dorads for air intake into the cabin are located just aft of the mast and a boarding ladder is located midships.

Cockpit has a square layout with a wood grate cockpit sole for drainage. Rudder is hung off the transom and is tiller steered. Engine controls are located on the cockpit floor and on the transom are the stainless steel boom gallows. Other sheets and lines are run aft to the cockpit for ease of handling while under way. Shorepower connection is on the starboard side in the cockpit. 

Sails & Rigging

Gaff Main, horizontal cut
Gaff main, vertical cut
Swedish storm sail 
Aluminium spin pole for jib

Navigational & Electrical


Simrad tiller Autopilot
Uniden DSC VHF Radio with hailer
Fusion Stereo with loudspeakers, CD, Radio, and USB connection
Garmin hand held GPS
Henry Brown & Son Ltd Compass at the Binnicle 
Ritchie compass in the cabin 
3 Perko Kerosene backup navigation lights


3x 24D batteries
Guest battery charger
Marinco 110V inlet 
Marinco 30 Amp shore power cordset
Bluesea AC 8-Panel distribution panel
Bluesea DC 8-Panel distribution panel for interior circuits (cabin lights, sterro, blower, fan, battery charger)
Bluesea DC 6-Panel position waterproof distribution panel (nav lights, deck lights, compass lights, night vision lights)
2x 12V outlets
40W Solar Panel, New
Alternator with regular
Ignition protected bilge and batteries blower 

Engine Details

Lister Blackstone Diesel engine, air cooled with 3568 Hours
2:1 Reduction gear box with flexible coupling
Large 19" diameter 12" pitch cruising propeller, lots of power at low RPM's
Spare injector, V-Belts, and filters.

Safety Gear

Two electrical and one manual bilge pump
Additional galley pump acts as second manual bilge pump
Life Ring and throw line in cockpit
2 Fire extinguishers
2 lifejackets
Ships bell and sound signalling device

Additional Equipment

6 Docking Fenders
3 Dock Lines
Emergency tiller
6 Binders of manuals, rigging details, and info

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

Listing Broker: Hugh Layton

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